Listening And Learning About Inequality

Thank you to those who participated in our Three Days of Prayer, Fasting + Lament initiative this week. This is an essential foundation in becoming people who are called to "the ministry of reconciliation."

What is our next step?

There is a great line I heard last week that answers that question: "You can't do better if you don't know better."

When it comes to inequality, we must listen and learn. These last few weeks, I have been reading and listening carefully to a variety of sources, helping me to understand what is at stake in our culture today. I want to recommend these resources and challenge you to join me in the listening and learning journey.


Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latisha Morrison - Probably the best book to start this journey. Some incredible stories will cause you to weep as they did me. In reading this book, you will learn a lot about how you can move from good intentions to genuine heart transformation and meaningful action.

Healing Racial Trauma by Sheila Wise Rowe - Our HCC Staff is presently reading this book and walking through a chapter per week as a small group.

Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice by Brenda Salter - I have recommended this book to our small groups

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - There is also a movie by the same title that was recently released.


Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All by Bryan Loritts

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo


13TH - The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States." It is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime. (Available on Netflix)

Just Mercy - Tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson. (Available on a variety of platforms for free including Xfinity, Prime & YouTube)

Body Language: A conversation on Race + Restoration in the Body of Christ. A conversation with Dr. Anita Philips and Christine Caine:


Join me starting tomorrow for a five-day devotional plan called "Be The Bridge." START READING HERE.